Thursday, January 21, 2016


Making a List

Making a list

As part of their support for one another, some UFO abductees, contactees and their supporters have been compiling lists of characteristics and recurring themes that occur in their lives. These lists are thought to be indicators of abductions or contact, and have been circulated in various forms.
            One such list, posted widely on the Internet, is as follows:

Have YOU had alien encounters? 
Many millions of people, it seems, have had encounters with alien beings. Many of those people do not realize that they are having these experiences because of suppressed memories. Their awareness is limited to an occasional paranormal incident that seems to confuse them more than anything else.           
This is a list of 52 common indicators shared by most abductees. It is based on known research on the subject and on personal findings. There may be other explanations for these occurrences and this is in no way an absolute means of knowing if you are an abductee. If you or someone you know does fit many of these traits listed here, please seek the help of a qualified researcher of therapist. This list is not in any particular order. 
Ask yourself if you . . . 
1. Have had missing or lost time of any length, especially one hour or more.
2. Have been paralysed in bed with a being in your room.
3. Have unusual scars or marks with no possible explanation on how you received them, especially if you have an emotional reaction to them. (i.e. small scoop indentation, straight line scar, scars in roof of mouth. in nose, behind or in ears, or genitals, etc.)
4. Have seen balls of light or flashes of light in your home or other locations.
5. Have a memory of flying through the air which could not be a dream.
6. Have a "marker memory" that will not go away (i.e.: alien face, examination, needle, table, strange baby, etc.).
7. Have seen beams of light outside your home, or come into your room through a window.
8. Have had dreams of UFOs, beams of light, or alien beings.
9. Have had a UFO sighting or sightings in your life.
10. Have a cosmic awareness, an interest in ecology, environment, vegetarianism or are very socially conscious.
11. Have a strong sense of having a mission or important task to perform, without knowing where this compulsion came from.
12. Have had unexplainable events occur in your life, and felt strangely anxious afterwards.
13. For women only: Have had false pregnancy or missing fetus. (pregnant, and then not)
14. Have awoken in another place than where you went to sleep, or don't remember ever going to sleep. (i.e. upside down in bed, or in your car)
15. Have had a dream of eyes such as animal eyes (like an owl or deer), or remember seeing an animal looking in at you. Also, if you have a fear of eyes.
16. Have awoken in the middle of the night, startled.
17. Have strong reaction to cover of Communion or pictures of aliens, either an aversion to or being drawn to it.
18. Have inexplicably strong fears or phobias. (i.e. heights, snakes, spiders, large insects, certain sounds. bright lights, your personal security or being alone)
19. Have experienced self-esteem problems much of your life.
20. Have seen someone with you become paralyzed, motionless or frozen in time, especially someone you sleep with.
21. Have awoken with marks, burns or bruises which appeared during the night with no explanation on how you could have possibly received them.
22. Have had someone in your life who claims to have witnessed a ship or alien near you or has witnessed you having been missing.
23. Have had, at any time, blood or an unusual stain on sheet or pillow, with no explanation of how it got there.
24. Have an interest in the subject of UFOs or aliens, perhaps compelled to read about it a lot, or an extreme aversion towards the subject.
25. Have been suddenly compelled to drive or walk to an out of the way or unknown area.
26. Have the feeling of being watched much of the time, especially at night.
27. Have had dreams of passing through a closed window or solid wall.
28. Have seen a strange fog or haze that should not be there.
29. Have heard strange humming or pulsing sounds, and you could not identify the source.
30. Have had unusual nose bleeds at any time in your life, or have awoken with a nose bleed.
31. Have awoken with soreness in your genitals which cannot be explained.
32. Have had back or neck problems, T3 vertebrae out often, or awoken with an unusual stiffness in any part of the body.
33. Have had chronic sinusitis or nasal problems.
34. Have had electronics around you go haywire or oddly malfunction with no explanation (such as street lights going out as you walk under them, TV's and radios affected as you move close, etc.).
35. Have seen a hooded figure in or near your home, especially next to your bed.
36. Have had frequent or sporadic ringing in your ears, especially in one ear.
37. Have an unusual fear of doctors or tend to avoid medical treatment.
38. Have insomnia or sleep disorders which are puzzling to you.
39. Have had dreams of doctors or medical procedures.
40. Have frequent or sporadic headaches, especially in the sinus, behind one eye, or in one ear.
41. Have the feeling that you are going crazy for even thinking about these sorts of things.
42. Have had paranormal or psychic experiences, including intuition.
43. Have been prone to compulsive or addictive behavior.
44. Have channelled telepathic messages from extraterrestrials.
45. Have been afraid of your closet, now or as a child.
46. Have had sexual or relationship problems (such as a mysterious "feeling" that you must not become involved in a relationship because it would interfere with "something" important you must do).
47. Have to sleep against the wall or must sleep with your bed against a wall.
48. Have a difficult time trusting other people, especially authority figures.
49. Have had dreams of destruction or catastrophe.
50. Have the feeling that you are not supposed to talk about these things, or that you should not talk about them.
51. Have tried to resolve these types of problems with little or no success.
52.Have many of these traits but can't remember anything about an abduction or alien encounter.

These are very specific characteristics, but it can be seen easily that many are not specific to alien abductions. For example, if someone has had sexual problems (#46), it may or may not be because of contact with aliens.
            Numbers #44 and #45 are so dramatically different that one can hardly be astonished by their inclusion. If anyone has in fact channeled messages from aliens, they would be certainly in the category of abductee or contactee. But simply to have been afraid of your closet when you were a child is not that unusual at all. The juxtaposition of the two questions automatically implies that one is related to the other, and this is not established in any real way. It relates normal childhood fears to something much more complex and indeterminable.
            Number #48: a distrust of authority? Is this an indicator or abductions or simply dissatisfaction with bureaucracy? Again, a common characteristic, but when combined with things such as seeing a hooded figure near your bed (#35), are we really getting a reading of someone’s abduction-proneness, or just a series of unrelated concepts?
            The point about having some of the traits but not remembering anything about an alien encounter is also curious. If someone doesn’t have any memory about an alien abduction, it was because he or she can’t remember being abducted. Conversely, if a person does have some memory of an experience, does that mean that memory is false? So even if you don't think you have been contacted by aliens, your acknowledging of this point could be an indication you actually have been contacted?
            This list, then, is not especially rigorous and might simply be an indication of contactees’ mental states and view of their world, not necessarily any indication of alien visitation. But when put into other contexts, this list may mean something significant, after all.
            Recently, when browsing some international news, I came across an article about victims of the Japanese tsunami experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and how their fears were manifesting in the form of “ghosts.”

A psychiatrist was quoted as saying: “We think phenomena like ghost sightings are perhaps a mental projection of the terror and worries associated with those places.” This made me think about how witnesses to paranormal events have sometimes been said to be suffering from trauma that manifest as anomalous experiences. And since UFO witnesses often report other paranormal experiences, it seems reasonable to connect the two kinds of Fortean phenomena.
The Daily Mail article cited a study at my own institution supporting the contention that PTSD sufferers sometimes report seeing “ghosts.” This intrigued me, so I searched for that particular study and found the referenced paper. It was: Sareen, J., Cox, B.J., Goodwin, R.D., & Asmundson, G.J.G. (2005). Co-occurrence of posttraumatic stress disorder with positive psychotic symptoms in a nationally representative sample. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 18, 313-322.
The researchers found “an increased prevalence of psychotic symptoms in individuals with PTSD” and “an indirect causal relationship between psychotic symptoms and PTSD may exist. For example, the relationship between PTSD and psychotic symptoms may be mediated by comorbid depressive symptoms, a particular type of traumatic event, or comorbid substance abuse.” In other words, there is likely some relationship between “seeing things” and having experienced a significant trauma.
But the most curious part of the paper was the list of questions asked of PTSD victims about their experiences. The researchers asked:
Have you ever had the experience of seeing something or someone that others present could not see—that is, had a vision when you were wide awake?
Have you ever had unusual feelings inside or on your body, like being touched when nothing was there or feeling something moving inside your body?
Have you ever had the experience of hearing things that other people could not hear, such as noises or a voice?
Did you ever hear voices that other people could not hear that were commenting on what you were doing or thinking?
Did you ever hear two or more voices talking to each other that other people could not hear?
Have you ever been convinced that you were under the control of some power or force, so that actions and thoughts were not your own?
Have you ever believed you could actually hear what another person was thinking, even though that person was not speaking?
Have you ever believed that someone was reading your mind?
Have you ever been convinced that strange thoughts, or thoughts that were not your own, were being put directly into your mind, or that someone or something could steal your thoughts out of your mind?
Have you ever believed that you were being sent special messages through television or the radio, or that a program had been arranged just for you alone?
Have you ever believed that others could hear your thoughts?
Have you ever believed that people were spying on you or following you around?
Have you ever believed that you were being secretly tested or experimented on, that someone was plotting against you, or that someone was trying to poison or hurt you?
Have you ever felt strange forces working on you, as if you were being hit by laser beams or x-rays?
The similarity between questions asked to quantify psychotic episodes and those asked to identify alien contact is rather marked. (And in the context of the Japanese tsunami, #49 on the alien abduction list is hardly surprising.)
            Does this mean that UFO contactees are psychotic? No. Does it mean that some people self-identifying as having contact with aliens share some characteristics with people who have experienced trauma? Possibly.
            One the one hand, this could support the view that actually having aliens contact you will be traumatic, and this could cause symptoms described in the PTSD study. On the other hand, if no “real” contact was made with aliens and other traumatic experiences in your life have affected you, then you could imagine such experiences as being “real.”
            Which is more likely?


Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Ten Things Related to the X-Files That We “Know” About UFOs

Ten Things Related to the X-Files That We “Know” About UFOs
By Chris Rutkowski, Ufology Research

Although the X-Files TV show went off the air in 2002, interest in the series has continued unabated. There have been books, a spin-off TV series and several graphic novels. A “tenth season” done as a comic book continued the series until 2015, and “season 11” has just started. But the X-Files fanbase was part of the reason that helped encourage the miniseries revival that will air beginning January 24, 2016.

The X-Files followed the exploits of “believer” Fox Mulder and “skeptic” Dana Scully as they investigated otherworldly events (not all of them related to aliens) and battled a secret group trying to prevent their discovering “the truth.” The X-Files partially drew on case reports of tens of thousands of UFO sightings worldwide and the widespread belief that aliens are visiting Earth, abducting humans and working in secret with government agencies desperate to cover-up the “truth.” Among the memes and themes recurring often in the series are the following:

Lone Gunmen
While we obviously don’t know whether such a group really exists, there are small groups of people devoted to investigating weird events that may be related to UFOs and aliens in an attempt to get at “the truth.” Whether they are as geeky as portrayed on TV is a matter of opinion. One notable enclave is the private “Roswell Slides” group on Facebook, whose members are a diverse collection of tech-savvy fans who vet sensational claims about UFOs posted on the Internet. They used sophisticated digital enhancement and historical research to show that slides of a much-hyped “alien body” allegedly found 50 years ago and presented to the world in 2015 were actually that of a mummy on display in a museum. Other groups of UFO geeks certainly exist.

“Real” X-Files
The TV show portrays FBI agents who travel around the world investigating UFO-related incidents. While no such agents likely exist (or existed), there are more than 1,600 FBI files related to UFOs that have been discovered through FOIA requests in the USA. More probably exist at higher levels of classification. At one time, the US Air Force had an office for investigating UFO reports, with the belief that some cases might be security concerns or even attempts by Russians to infiltrate American airspace. This became Project Blue Book, which was portrayed as a highly-efficient task force on a network TV show in the 1970s. Thousands of files from Blue Book have been declassified and examined by UFO researchers. A parallel group, called Project Second Storey, was created in Canada and existed for a few years in the 1960s and early 1970s. Blue Book was officially closed in 1970, and since then, there has been no official investigation of UFOs by military or government agencies. But does a UFO investigation team exist today? Some UFO true believers insist that the American government has in its possession proof that aliens are visiting earth, and that a major cover-up exists, perpetrated by politicians and high-ranking officials including the President of the United States. Some have even petitioned the government to announce Disclosure, finally telling the public the “truth.” Sadly, no good evidence of such a cover-up exists, despite the proclamations and claims of the Disclosure Movement.

UFO Reports
It’s a fact that people report seeing UFOs. What’s in dispute is whether these are explainable in terms of misidentifications, hoaxes and natural phenomena, or represent alien visitation. Polls have shown that about 10% of North Americans believe they have seen UFOs, but only about 10% of that number actually reported their sightings to official agencies or investigators with UFO groups. The Canadian UFO Survey has found that about 1,000 UFO sightings are reported in Canada every year. Most have simple explanations or insufficient information for evaluation, but a small number of cases each year do not have easy explanations as planes, satellites, stars or planets. There is no incontrovertible evidence that these “Unknowns” are indications of alien visitation.

The Syndicate
One of the major themes of the X-Files TV series is that of a clandestine organization comprised of powerful business executives and bureaucrats who actually control the government and military, and keep the presence of aliens on Earth secret. This Syndicate is working with aliens as they seek to “re-colonize” our planet, helping them in their nefarious schemes. If such a group really exists, we wouldn’t know about it, but some UFO buffs are convinced a “real” syndicate exists that works “outside” the government as a “transnational corporate entity.” That would mean that the syndicate could be Coke, Pepsi or the Bilderbergs.

December 22, 2012
In the final season of the X-Files, it is revealed that the aliens were planning to “re-colonize” Earth on December 22, 2012.  This was also the supposed date of the end of the Mayan Calendar, which was predicted by many in the popular UFO community to be the “end of the world.” Although anthropologists noted that the “end” of the Mayan Calendar was a misinterpretation, the frenzy around the end of 2012 was very popular among UFO fans. [NB: Nothing earth-shattering happened that day.]

UFO Cults
In the final season of the X-Files, a cult leader named Josepho is in charge of a group of UFO fans and adherents that is excavating a flying saucer that crashed in Alberta. A number of actual UFO cults and religions have formed and do exist today. The most notorious was the Heaven’s Gate cult of which its members committed suicide in 1997, believing they would be resurrected as spiritual entities on board an alien spacecraft hidden behind Comet Hale-Bopp. Some present-day UFO groups have characteristics reminiscent of religions, such as believing they are in telepathic contact with “Space Brothers,” being selected to receive personal messages from aliens to raise their “consciousness,” and being guided by aliens in their everyday lives at work and in their communities. They often charge large fees to participants during private “contact” sessions at isolated camps, resorts and ranches.

Crashed Flying Saucers
Another theme in the X-Files is the discovery of a crashed alien spacecraft. The most familiar of these stories is that of Roswell, where in July 1947 pieces of a crashed object were recovered by the military. Dozens of other crashed saucer stories exist, although none in Alberta, where one crash is depicted in the TV show. However, in April 2001 a small crater was found near Etzikom, Alberta, following the sighting of a UFO. Curiously, an expert on meteorite craters did not think it was caused by a meteorite, leading some to think it was created by a flying saucer.

Cigarette Smoking Man
One of only three characters to appear in both the pilot and finale of the X-Files TV show is the person known only as the Cigarette Smoking Man. TV Guide actually listed him among the greatest TV villains of all time. Portrayed by Canadian actor William B. Davis, the character is a kind of “Deep Throat” who feeds Mulder and Scully information to assist them in their investigations, for nefarious reasons of his own. Part of the UFO mythos is that at least one such person really exists and has manipulated UFO investigators and researchers over the years. In the final episode of Season 9, the Cigarette Smoking Man seems to have been killed off…. Or was he?

“I Want to Believe”
The poster on the wall in Mulder’s office has become one of the most copied and persistent Internet memes. It is itself a copy of a UFO photograph largely believed by serious ufologists to be a crude hoax. The image is taken from a series of saucer photos offered by Swiss contactee Billy Meier in the 1970s, who claims he met a female alien named Semjase who took him on board her “beamship” to other planets, galaxies and even time traveling to the age of the dinosaurs. Copyright claims on the original Billy Meier photo #494 is said to be one reason why the poster was changed slightly in later seasons.

Do Aliens Exist?
Astronomers have been discovering many exoplanets (like the Earth but outside our Solar System) during the past several decades. Some have even been described as being similar to Earth in composition, temperature, distance from their stars and having an atmosphere somewhat like our own. None have been found to be true twins of Earth, however, and most are very far away. If there were aliens on those planets, they would need to have discovered a method of fast interstellar travel that might violate our known laws of physics. Nevertheless, most astronomers believe that extraterrestrial life exists elsewhere in our galaxy.

The Truth is Out There

The X-Files returns to television on January 24, 2016, on (appropriately) the FOX Network.

For more information about UFOs, including the Canadian UFO Survey, visit:

For details on the M-Files, a detailed study of UFOs reported in Manitoba, visit:

Or contact Chris Rutkowski, Canada’s Fox Mulder, at:


Saturday, January 02, 2016


Clinton and the UFOs

So, a surprising number of people have been posting links to this article, describing an end-of-year news scrum with Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

This is simply ridiculous. Hillary had no choice but to say she would open the books about UFOs. In a scrum with reporters, who had already asked her about important issues, when Steer asked her in front of everybody, she could have ignored him, mocked him or tolerated him. 

Only one avenue would save face in front of media. Interpreting that as admitting she is interested in UFOs is absurd. And saying that to get the "UFO vote?" Please. That's so insignificant as to not be worthy of consideration. 

Yes, I know about all the previous remarks that the Clintons (both of them) have made about UFOs on national TV. And I'm not convinced any of them imply they know something about UFOs and aliens, or are interested on more than a casual basis, even with X-Files fan John Podesta involved.

Looked at objectively, her public statement does not imply Disclosure in any way. It was simply a remark to indicate her ability to dance around awkward questions. 

A good ability for a president to have, by the way.


CNN had a story about Clinton's comment, rather astutely noting it was A JOKE!
During a meeting with The Conway Daily Sun, Hillary Clinton jokingly pledged to look into UFO's, an article from the New Hampshire paper says.
"Yes, I'm going to get to the bottom of it," Clinton said, tongue-in-cheek, in response to a question from reporter Daymond Steer on UFOs.


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